OMAHA, Neb. –
Two Nebraska residents who already shared a job now share a lifetime relationship when donating a kidney to another.
Jeremy Meyer and Carrie Ferris first formed a friendship working together at Target, but they soon found out that they shared more than just a job.
"We have the same birthday, four years apart, but the day exactly," Ferris, a visual dealer, told KETV.
They are also both from Omaha, but they come from different backgrounds. Ferris joined the goal team almost two years ago, while Meyer has been working there for 16 years. It was his first job after serving in the military when he became medically ill with diabetes.
"From there, things started to go down gradually. (In the past year, my kidneys took a blow," he said.
He recently found out that he needed a new kidney, but none of his family members qualified to donate to him.
Meyer then brought kidney donation pamphlets into work; Ferris read one and discovered another similarity between himself and Meyer: they have the same blood type.
She applied to donate and review months for testing and found that in January she could donate a kidney to Meyer.
"I was shocked that someone actually stepped in as Carrie," he said of his selfless act.
The donation took place on January 30, and Ferris regains and plans to return to work by the end of the month. Meyer said the kidney immediately took off and he will be back at work in March.
"I want if the posts were reversed, I would hope that someone would do it for me. I want me to really not be able to ask it unless I was willing to do it," added Ferris.